Well good luck.. Better then the other choices you mentioned.
YesTLDR... are we really going down this road again?!
I definitely wanted those things, and I did more homework than 99% of car buyers. I obsessed over everything. It just had no prior Subaru experience, and it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It was a blast on curvy back roads...it begs to be driven like a belligerent fool. I obliged far too often, and I would have broken the car at some point.I feel like the wrx/ sti are cars that you have to WANT otherwise for a daily commuter it falls short for a lot of things... all negatives aside its the perfect car for me, i love an engaging manual car with plenty of power to put a smile on my face...just make sure you do your homework on the vehicles you want or you will pay the price down the road
...because racecarAnd based on another thread, we already know the Camry will take the WRX in a straight line...
Seats are definitely subjective. I liked the bolsters, but the seat bottom bolsters were too narrow. I'm not a big guy...5'7" 160lbs. I don't normally need lumbar support, but after a rough day at work or on a long trip, I definitely need the support.I like Subaru seats better but that's my back and everyone is different. The Camry has traditionally been the better car between it and the Impreza; however the Accord is also a great choice in that segment. Tough choice. I'd probably go Honda, Toyota, Subaru in that order but that's just today; tomorrow I may go Toyota, Honda, Subaru.
This.The WRX/STI will fall on a niche market crowd of enthusiasts.
And this.Well in the end there's only one person you have to please, and that's YOU.
I get what you're saying...because of the mainstream stigma, it took months to convince myself I could drive a Camry. I feel older driving it(I'm 34), but I'm not gonna lie...now that I have a car with the creature comforts, ride quality, etc., it's really nice. And at least it's the sporty model with respectable handling and power with the V6, which isn't mainstream for a Camry.I'm actually encouraged that the Subaru sports sedans are still driving away the more mainstream folks. (That sounds condescending, but not meant that way...by "more mainstream", I mean people that put a higher value on the creature comforts, ride quality, etc.) It implies that the car is still somewhat focused on the enthusiast side of things.
I always recommend Camry's; outstanding cars, and many members of my family have had positive experiences. But it will likely never qualify as "Ray's Daily Driver". Wrong-wheel drive, suspension too soft, and...this is a personal character flaw...I don't like driving a car where it's actually possible for me to pull up to a 4-way stop, and there are 3 more of them in view.
All that is just me babbling, though, enjoy the car! No one can tell you what's best for you.
I'm glad the OP found a car that he liked. Ultimately, that's the only thing that matters. If the WRX or STi isn't a good fit (whether we are talking physically or financially), don't do it. I'm pretty happy with my 16 WRX for a number of reasons - even if it will lose to a Camry in a rolling race. As an older guy (45 -> 46 this year), I don't find myself racing other cars (or Camrys) all that often
For me, the pluses outweigh the (few to me) minuses. The go everywhere AWD, the fast enough to be fun (but not illegal), good physical fit (I'm 5'7 and my GF is 5'6) and the fact that we have her car (Buick Encore) that can do all the shopping / carrying, fits well for us / our lifestyle. I do have the CVT/Eyesight/HK so can't complain about that, but the big minuses for me would be:
1) No Android / Apple (I think they fixed this in 2017 maybe)
2) Lamest TPMS I have ever seen. It doesn't tell you either tire pressure numbers or which tire / corner is low. For a brand that touts outdoorsy / bad weather performance, Subaru should realize people want to minimize exposure to said bad weather. I sure as heck don't want to have to check 4 tires to find the one slightly down tire and don't know anyone who does.